The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published guidelines
Klein Buendel, Inc. has created two tools as a part of the Sunny Days,
School plays a major role in children's daily lives. As an institution
of learning, it can provide opportunities for developing and reinforcing
lifelong positive health habits.
Children spend four to seven hours at school each day - including one
to three hours outdoors for recess, lunch, physical education classes,
field trips, and after-school activities.
Depending on the climate and the season, outdoor school activities may
result in a significant amount of sun exposure. Research indicates that
most people receive as much as 80 percent of their total lifetime sun
exposure during their first 18 years. As few as two severe sunburns during
childhood may double the risk of developing melanoma later in life.
Employers protect workers from exposure to hazardous conditions and
substances as a matter of course. They do so by providing information,
training, and equipment to allow workers the ability to protect themselves
from loud noise, asbestos, chemicals, and falling objects. Over exposure
to the sun should be no exception.
Outdoor workers have more accumulated lifetime exposure to the sun,
receive up to 8 times more UV exposure and have a 60 percent greater risk
of developing skin cancer than indoor workers. UV radiation is a very
real health hazard for outdoor workers and a more general health hazard
for indoor employees. Unprotected exposure can damage the skin, eyes,
and immune system. It contributes to health care costs and in some states,
workmen's compensation claims.